Becoming a paid election judge provides a great opportunity to be part of our election effort.  For many, this is an ideal way to perform your civic duty and to make a difference in the democratic process.

Cook County election judges receive excellent training.  On Election Day, most judges have found that the training has more than prepared them for their work.  With our experienced local judges helping to answer questions, and with the help provided by the County Board of Elections throughout a judge's appointment, election judges are never without the resources to complete their duties.

Training typically lasts just one day, and unless you specifically volunteer otherwise, Election judges that go through NTRO are assigned to New Trier Township precincts.

Election judges have many responsibilities and perform several tasks on Election Day, including:

  • Opening the polling place at 6 a.m. sharp and closing it at 7 p.m.
  • Setting up election equipment
  • Providing assistance to voters
  • Signing in voters
  • Verifying voter qualifications
  • Distributing ballots/activation cards for touch screen machines
  • Operating voting equipment
  • Filling out forms
  • Processing and transmitting votes when polls close
  • Certifying vote totals

If you are interested in serving as a paid, Republican election judge, please contact NTRO's election judges coordinator, Alan Minoff, by calling our headquarters at (847) 251-6100 or emailing

You may also apply online by clicking here.